As IBM goes flash with its acquisition of Texas Memory Systems and the recent public launch of Data Collective for Big Data entrepreneurs DNA was the least expected move for storage.
A Harvard researcher says data can now be stored in human DNA devices with more capacity to store exploding quantities of digital data.
The research team on Thursday encoded what it says an entire textbook into the genetic molecules of DNA and read back the text word by word. Giving hope for new data-storage devices with enormous capacity than computer chips and flash drives.
The Harvard University molecular geneticist George Church, the project’s senior researcher told the Wall Street Journal ,”A device the size of your thumb could store as much information as the whole Internet”.
And though Dr. Church say it could be the wave of the future the method is requires a series of advanced laboratory procedures and expensive equipment and might not be commercially viable soon.
However Dr. Church is confident the costs will drop with time and the technology might be available in future.
Therefore in a Flash forward, DNA might in the long run be the ‘cloud’ for companies and individuals to store their photographs, books, financial records, medical files and videos in lab conditions though.